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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,876Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 761

$880K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 761

902 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
15% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Oregon
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 902 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 902 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 18,484 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Oregon
LISINOPRIL 966 931 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 761 736 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 697 677 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 616 585 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 560 523 5 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 534 434 S3 6 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 522 501 7 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 511 478 8 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 495 468 9 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 463 441 10 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 403 396 11 12
OMEPRAZOLE 402 373 12 4
ATENOLOL 387 377 13 8
METFORMIN HCL 378 336 14 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 347 343 15 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 319 299 16 33
GABAPENTIN 291 250 17 15
SERTRALINE HCL 285 266 18 25
LOVASTATIN 248 237 19 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 197 172 20 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 195 195 21 21
ALLOPURINOL 195 195 21 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 182 164 23 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 178 175 24 40
FENTANYL 177 137 S2 25 57
TRAMADOL HCL 174 158 26 34
DIGOXIN 173 160 27 43
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 167 156 28 13
FINASTERIDE 155 155 29 73
TAMSULOSIN HCL 153 141 30 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 147 118 31 22
GLIPIZIDE 143 139 32 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 141 130 33 29
TRAZODONE HCL 141 105 33 23
BENICAR 133 112 35 81
PROPRANOLOL HCL 119 119 36 100
PREDNISONE 116 114 37 30
FAMOTIDINE 115 112 38 60
CARVEDILOL 114 114 39 26
CLOPIDOGREL 111 109 40 66
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 108 108 41 55
NAMENDA 107 107 42 59
OXYCODONE HCL 107 90 S2 42 24
LANTUS 106 104 44 41
CRESTOR 106 103 44 36
SYNTHROID 104 103 46 64
FELODIPINE ER 102 102 47 108
PREMARIN 100 93 R 48 88
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 99 97 49 62
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 99 96 49 84
ZETIA 91 89 51 87
PAROXETINE HCL 90 65 52 47
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 90 85 52 42
PROAIR HFA 89 78 54 32
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 84 80 55 63
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 84 74 55 90
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 80 80 57 187
CLONIDINE HCL 80 58 57 69
PLAVIX 79 73 59 119
ROPINIROLE HCL 74 74 60 95
RANITIDINE HCL 74 74 60 52
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 72 62 62 141
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 68 68 63 71
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 66 66 R 64 54
GLIPIZIDE XL 65 63 65 148
VERAPAMIL ER 64 56 66 109
NEXIUM 64 58 66 98
AZITHROMYCIN 63 58 68 70
CEPHALEXIN 63 56 68 145
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 59 68 35
NIFEDIPINE ER 61 61 71 128
LEVOXYL 61 61 71 96
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 59 58 73 207
SPIRONOLACTONE 58 58 74 45
NITROSTAT 58 57 74 176
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 57 54 76 137
LIPITOR 57 57 76 147
ESTRADIOL 56 51 R 78 80
NITROFURANTOIN 55 55 79 327
GEMFIBROZIL 55 48 79 116
FLUOCINONIDE 55 49 79 240
VESICARE 53 47 82 217
ADVAIR DISKUS 53 52 82 37
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 53 46 82 117
MIRTAZAPINE 51 51 85 50
SPIRIVA 50 50 86 56
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on June 5, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.